Marist: Cuomo Leads Lazio and Levy, Paterson Plunges

Seventy-eight percent of New Yorkers think the state is heading in the wrong direction, according to a new poll out

Seventy-eight percent of New Yorkers think the state is heading in the wrong direction, according to a new poll out from Marist, ensuring that the gubernatorial and legislative candidates running this year will campaign as outsiders and reformers.

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Today’s impressively awful disapproval rating is up from a March 2 Marist poll that found 76 percent considered the state to be heading in the wrong direction.

Interestingly, 74 percent of Democrats say they feel Andrew Cuomo can turn Albany around, while nearly half of Republicans feel the same way.

In head-to-head matchups, Cuomo leads former G.O.P. congressman Rick Lazio 61 to 30 percent. Against Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy (who just switched from Democrat to Republican), Cuomo has a bigger lead: 65 to 26 percent.

Among Republicans, Lazio leads Levy 53 to 21 percent.

Also, David Paterson’s approval rating continues its historic plunge.

Marist: Cuomo Leads Lazio and Levy, Paterson Plunges